CAIRO — The number of positively identified cases of COVID-19 in Grady County has topped 100, according to the Grady County Health Department.
A total of 104 cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed as of Wednesday evening, Health Department director Michelle Thornton said. Five deaths have been attributed to the virus. The updated numbers come just a week after local officials expressed optimism that the spread of the virus could be slowing in Grady County.
Just two new cases of the virus were identified last week, bringing the county’s total up to 95. The sudden surge of nine new cases in a handful of days was a surprise to County Administrator Buddy Johnson, who said he wants to see the number of recoveries and hospitalizations before making a judgment as to whether the virus is picking back up.
“Granted, 10 a week is seemingly steady,” Johnson said, “but is it a sign of an upswing or more testing opportunities being available? We have to remain vigilant and cautious and hope to see the positive cases fall off over time.”
Thornton said the Health Department does not have data on recoveries or hospitalizations.
Johnson also noted that the Health Department numbers represent the total number of cases identified since testing began, not the number of active cases of the virus in the community.
The Southwest Public Health District will be offering free COVID-19 testing services in Grady County on Thursday, May 28 at Washington Middle School between 8 a.m. and noon and Sunday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to noon. The free service is available by appointment to anyone that wants to be tested regardless of their county of residence.
Appointments can be made by calling (229) 352-6567 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday or between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday.